Wouldn't you know I saw these potato mitts tested on the local news last night, so here's the poop;
They work, they're messy and you don't save much time. They showed a clogged sink after doing a few spuds.
So I guess if you were sharp implement impaired.... these would be the ticket.
27 dollars for a pair of latex gloves that have some abrasiveness to them? Come on.
Here's a simpler solution: Put on a pair of REGULAR latex gloves if you really don't want to bust out a peeler or a knife and do the exact same thing. A freshly boiled potato's skin will come off fairly easily, regardless. The main problem with using your hands for doing it is the potato holds heat really well and it can burn your hands.
I wonder how effective they are on potatos that have "spots" on them or brown cracks running thru them---I'd imagine that you'd still have to get out the ol' knife and cut that stuff out. Not that most potatoes have these problems but if you by them by the bag you are going to run into a few. Personally, I'd rather use a very good peeler (like OXO, Farberware, etc) and if you're allergic to potatoes put on a pair of disposable latex gloves that you can buy in a box at Walmart or any drugstore. Of course if I got them as a gift I'd definitely give them a try. :)
The only difference between a "cook" and a "Chef" is who cleans up the kitchen.
I have been known to peel a potato or two with one of those yellow 3M sponges with green ScotchBrite glued to the back. Of course, now I only buy the blue 3M sponges because they are designed to scour without scratching your stainless.